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To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Government is taking to support children and young people who may feel depressed or suicidal.

Answered by Alex Salmond (26/03/2009): This question was answered in the Chamber. The answer can be viewed in the Official Report using the following link:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/officialReports/meetingsParliament/or-09/sor0326-01.htm


Current Status: Answered by Alex Salmond on 26/03/2009
Nuclear Power
That the Parliament welcomes the demolition of the Chapelcross cooling towers; notes that potentially hazardous nuclear waste from Hunterston and Torness is regularly transported across the south of Scotland; notes the comments of the then Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Darling MP, on 7 June 2005 that it is for the Scottish Executive “to decide whether a large nuclear power station should be built” (Official Report, House of Commons, 7 June 2005; Vol 434, c 1110); welcomes the comments from the new Scottish government that it will not support any new nuclear power stations in Scotland, and supports its moves to make Scotland nuclear-free and a global leader in clean renewable energy.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bob Doris, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, John Wilson, Michael Matheson, Kenneth Gibson, Ian McKee, Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Joe FitzPatrick, Christine Grahame, Nigel Don, Bill Kidd, Margo MacDonald


Leonard Cheshire's Sixth Annual Scottish Disability and Business Awards
That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Leonard Cheshire’s sixth annual Scottish Disability and Business Awards, which aim to acknowledge the Scottish business community’s achievements in becoming more disability friendly; recognises that there are one million disabled people in Scotland with an annual spending power of £5 billion, which highlights that there are real benefits both economically and socially in making all our businesses open and accessible to all; wishes Leonard Cheshire every success with the awards; hopes that Scottish businesses will come forward to showcase their good working practices to promote inclusion and equality for both disabled customers and staff, and looks forward to Scotland moving towards being a truly inclusive society.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn


Scottish Maritime Museum
That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Maritime Museum whose entire collection in Irvine has been recognised as being of national significance under the new Recognition Scheme for museums; understands that the museum holds important collections of documents, books, plans and photographs relating to Scotland’s maritime heritage, including the Linthouse Engine Shed; understands the significance of collections like these for the continued preservation of our Scottish maritime culture and heritage, and congratulates all who work in the museum for their dedication and hard work to make this museum such a success.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Jackie Baillie


Human Rights Education is Itself a Human Right
That the Parliament supports the development of A Curriculum for Excellence and the emphasis placed on responsible citizenship as one of the four purposes; further notes that human rights represents an internationally accepted framework for structuring discussion on values and respect for others and that the Convention on the Rights of the Child provides an ideal structure for teachers seeking to foster these crucial social skills; notes that many other countries make specific reference to learning about human rights, and therefore hopes that the final curriculum proposals will include specific reference to human rights.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Robert Brown, Alasdair Allan, Malcolm Chisholm, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Joe FitzPatrick, Liam McArthur, Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson, Ken Macintosh, Jackie Baillie, Hugh O'Donnell


14th Anniversary of Big Issue and Shadowing a Vendor
That the Parliament congratulates the Big Issue in Scotland on its 14th anniversary; recognises the practical support that the Big Issue Foundation gives to people who are homeless; applauds its work in tackling the stigma associated with homelessness; acknowledges the Big Issue in Scotland as the country’s biggest weekly current affairs and entertainment magazine, and calls on MSPs of all parties to join Aileen Campbell MSP in shadowing a Big Issue vendor for a day to hear at first hand from the real experts in homelessness.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson


Homeless World Cup Squad Victory
That the Parliament congratulates Scotland’s Homeless World Cup squad for winning the recently held tournament in Denmark and applauds the work and effort put in by staff at The Big Issue and the players in securing this well-earned victory.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Sandra White, Nanette Milne, Mary Scanlon, Karen Gillon, Kenneth Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Keith Brown, Ian McKee, Hugh O'Donnell, Nigel Don, Bill Kidd, Jim Hume, Joe FitzPatrick, Liam McArthur, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Patrick Harvie, Angela Constance, Robin Harper, Alasdair Allan, Bill Wilson, Malcolm Chisholm, Dave Thompson, John Park, Gil Paterson, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell


Many Happy Returns to Crawforddyke Primary School
That the Parliament sends its warm congratulations to Crawforddyke Primary School in Carluke which is celebrating its 50th birthday; hopes that students and staff both past and present enjoy the celebrations, and wishes the school all the very best in the future.


Scots Translation of Dahl Classic at Number 1
That the Parliament congratulates Clydesdale author, Matthew Fitt, on his book Geordie’s Mingin Medicine reaching the top of the Waterstone’s Children’s Best Sellers’ list ahead of Harry Potter and Walt Disney’s High School Musical; further acknowledges the increasing importance of the Scots language to children in Scotland as evidenced by the popularity of this book, and encourages all children to keep the Scots language alive.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Wilson, Michael Matheson, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson


Disappointment at Labour Group Voting Against Rescue Package for Scotland's Farmers and Crofters
That the Parliament expresses grave disappointment at the disgraceful actions of the Labour group in voting against the motion on 24 October 2007 supporting a £25 million rescue package for Scottish farmers and crofters affected by the foot-and-mouth outbreak; notes that the Scottish Government’s aid package is twice the size of that of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for England while Scotland’s industry is half the size; condemns Hilary Benn MP, the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for snubbing NFU Scotland, and believes that the betrayal of London Labour and Scottish Labour alike will not be forgiven by Scotland’s farming and crofting communities.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Rob Gibson, Dave Thompson, Alasdair Allan, Michael Matheson, Ian McKee, Brian Adam, Bill Wilson, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Christina McKelvie